Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”


Turning 50

I just turned 50. To a 20-year-old, my public declaration may be mortifying. After all, it’s practically social suicide to declare your age when it’s nowhere near 25.

But you know something? I’m proud to be 50. Not many people these days live to be 50. People are dropping like flies. It’s a different world. It’s no longer first-in, first-out. An untimely demise is no longer an uncommon occurrence—at any age. Turning a year older is a real luxury these days.

The tree issue

Frankly, I think there’s too much drama over the trees.

Don’t get me wrong. While I’m not a rabid environmentalist, I’ve been practicing green living most of my life due to the frugal ways of my father who trained all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle long before green living became fashionable.

Kids & Uzis

IF THE norms among gun owners and gun rights advocates were more sober, gun instructor Charles Vacca, 39, would still be alive today.

The case of the 9-year old girl from New Jersey who accidentally and fatally shot her gun instructor with an Uzi submachine gun in Arizona is tragic but it was really inevitable. Despite statements from the gun range owner that nothing of this sort has ever happened in their 14 years of operation, their policy of allowing children as young as eight to shoot at the range was asking for trouble.

Backrider ban

OF LATE, the motorcycle has gained notoriety as a form of transport for criminals in the country. Whether the crime is a simple snatching of a poor pedestrian’s purse or a gruesome murder of some political figure, the once nondescript transport of the masses has now metamorphosed into the dreaded getaway vehicle of criminals.

And much to the dismay of motorcycle owners who have invested hard-earned money into buying the cheapest form of transportation in the country, their prized asset is now a much-vilified vehicle being targeted by mind-blowing legislation.

Save the child

REPUBLIC Act 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act (amended by RA 10630), exempts a child, 15 years of age and below from criminal liability. A child above 15 but below 18 years of age is also exempt from criminal liability unless he or she acts in discernment in the commission of a crime.

Growing up

I FIND that as I grow older, life gets simpler. You know what you want. So you go for it. You know what you don’t want. So you drop it.

Certainly, life doesn’t get easier. But with age, you get a better grip of your priorities in life—the battles you want to fight, the causes you want to support, the people who truly matter in your life.

Don’t proselytize

ONCE more, Pope Francis takes the world by storm. His controversial statements about religious proselytism have offended, if not angered some conservative Catholics. Liberal thinkers like me, however, who were raised Catholic but then grew up confused about what the Catholic Church was continuously preaching—rejoice.

We rejoice in the clarity of Pope Francis’ words. We rejoice in the pope’s affirmation of what we bear witness in our lives. More than anything else, we rejoice in a pope that finally understands what authentic religion is about.

Fly safe

FLYING has never seemed more dangerous than today.

On March 8 of this year, Malaysian Airlines MH 370 carrying 239 people onboard vanished from the face of the Earth en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. It is remarkably odd how a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin jet, can fall off the grid without a trace when in this day and age, cookies can track our browsing histories and stalk our passions and proclivities online.

A way out

IS THERE a way out of inter-generational poverty? Yes, there is. But the way out is not paved with indolence, irresponsibility and inaction.

There is a Chinese saying that wealth cannot be sustained beyond three generations. Why? Because while the first generation earns the money and the second generation grows the money, the third generation spends it all.

Wealth & poverty

POVERTY is pervasive in our country. But while I agree that a vast portion of financial wealth in the country is in the hands of a few, I think it would be unjust to say that this privileged minority did not work hard to get to their positions of financial stability.

While some of the moneyed members of the country may have inherited their wealth and a few of them can actually call themselves members of the “non-working rich,” many of the privileged few in our country can actually call themselves, “the working rich.” They also work hard 24/7.

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